Just a heads up that Courtesy have put up more photos of this project. Interesting there is a panel marked 88330 that (according to ADF Serials) might be from NZ5631? I'm happy to donate $ if any fund gets off the ground.
I did find one though that had the straight tips, so maybe it was only the first batch of our Corsairs that had these.
Really? Could you post the link or the photo? Also be careful about identifying them as RNZAF as the barred FAA roundel has caused some people to think they were RNZAF.
Sorry for the tardy reply, but I have only come back to this thread today.
The Corsair pic. is definitely one of an RNZAF plane, but is taken with it on the ground and from a distance of, at a guess, about 20 meters. As well, the sharpness of the image is not of the highest. Looking at it again carefully I have come to the conclusion that the shape of the one visible wingtip could be interpreted either way.
I do not have a link, but will try to email the pic. to you as an attachment.
Ok although I am fairly certain only the FAA used the clipped wings and our Corsairs were suppiled from US stock, intended for their units and then onto us which is why we had to paint out the star. Did any of our Corsairs get painted in RNZAF markings at the factory?
The Auster should be recognised for what it is: a gentleman's aerial touring carriage and a nice aeroplane.
And to add further to my post, here's some 'screen grabs' from the National Film Unit vid posted the other day! Quick and nasty, but some of the few pics of the FG-1D's being assembled and test flown at Los Negros. Note the first two shots still have the US Stars and Bars.
Readying for test flight. RNZAF roundels now added.
FG-1D NZ5643, later to go to Japan with No.14 Squadron. Note the smaller than usual fuselage roundels, and they also have the white bars parallel, not with the usual overpainted offset (seen on the underwing roundel)!
Post by kiwiwreckdiver on Nov 8, 2014 4:22:17 GMT 12
this obviously has strong ties to NZ and she belongs there. would be great see her back downunder, but I think it would be even better to see her flying. RNZAF doesn't have the money for this kind of deal sadly.
Ask yourself this question. Do you want to see it preserved here PERMANENTLY or see it fly, for however long. Flying restorations are owned by private interests and inevitably get sold at some point. Airframes in well-established national collections stay. Simple as that. It's not even a question for me. If the thing is THAT important to us, Wigram is the place for it.
The money obviously wouldn't come from the RNZAF. It would need to come from a national heritage fund. I have correspondence and dialogue happening at government and museum level well underway. Beyond that, I don't intend to expand any further until and if there is a way forward. An initiative has been taken though. Im trying, as an individual with a track-record in acquiring several important types for a museum, to put the necessary parties together. Patience is a virtue.
Well done Peter!! If there is an avenue for personal funds to be provided into a collection albeit a small total, perhaps more towards the Museum to make the receiving end more positive then acknowledge that we may, in drips and drops, dribs and drabs, provide a fund, or ongoing sustenance for this project if it proceeds. I am sure there are others like myself, who would love to see this project proceed and who can provide some minor support. Yes it would be great if one benefactor could step up and guarantee some funds for whichever stage, but we cannot live on hope and false promises. It may have to be done with govt (National Heritage) support initially.
Post by kiwiwreckdiver on Nov 8, 2014 11:50:57 GMT 12
When you put it like that certainly dose sound better, as much I love seeing a airworthy corsair doing her whistling death dive on the crowds, you do strike a good point she will be in NZ for the rest of her days.
I see the price has been reduced and the owner is open to trades. I would consider swapping my Auster T7, but would want him to throw in a few extra bucks or pay to ship it to NZ.....LOL!
Maybe Wigram should swap the P-40F/E or whatever you want to call it now for it?? That way the P-40 might live again as what she should be and we get a genuine Corsair project back??? OK ducking for cover.....
There is a dialogue going on between the relevant parties. My approach to Minister Barry received a written response basically saying it doesn't fall within the Arts Culture and Heritage funding criteria. (Which I find utterly staggering ! ) It may well qualify through lotteries for up to two thirds but the time lines are long, the applications are open right now with a decision in June. And yes the parties are well aware of the price reduction.